Cochrane review of long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) plus long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) versus LABA plus inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) for stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

In a Cochrane review of 11 studies, which included 9839 participants with stable chronic COPD, LAMA+LABA treatment had fewer exacerbations, […]

Inhaler Technique Videos

The inhaler technique videos below have been jointly produced by PrescQIPP and Health and Care Videos to help patients, carers […]

Making the most of your inhalers

Many people can get more out of their inhalers by using them slightly differently. Small differences in the way inhalers […]

Antimicrobial stewardship: changing risk-related behaviours in the general population (Joint NICE and Public Health England guideline)

This new guideline aims to make people aware of how to correctly use antimicrobial medicines and the dangers associated with their overuse and misuse in order to reduce antimicrobial resistance. It also includes measures to prevent and control infection.

Recommendations made by NG63 cover the following areas:

overarching principles
local system-wide approaches to reducing inappropriate antimicrobial demand and use
local system-wide approaches to preventing and limiting the spread of infection
childcare and education providers
prescribers, primary care, and community pharmacy teams.

Sepsis toolkit for GPs – a reminder

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in partnership with Health Education England and NHS England, recently launched a new sepsis toolkit to support GPs and healthcare professionals to identify and manage the condition in patients.

Fosfomycin 3g sachets – a reminder

Prescribing fosfomycin as MonurilĀ® is currently considerably more cost-effective than prescribing it generically.

Antibiotic quality premium monitoring dashboard – September 2016

The NHS England Antibiotic Quality Premium Monitoring Dashboard is produced by the NHS Business Services Authority to support NHS England […]

World Antibiotic Awareness Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) takes place from 14th – 20th November 2016 and European Antibiotic Awareness Day takes place […]

Electronic repeat dispensing toolkit

Electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) is an integral part of EPS, which offers many extra benefits over paper repeat dispensing and repeat prescribing.

NHS Digital have recently published an Electronic Repeat Dispensing Toolkit, available at which contains useful tools. You can also sign up for some eRD webinars to find out more. The toolkit includes an e-learning package, developed by NECS in conjunction with NHS Digital which can also be accessed through the NECS Medicines website.